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March 4, 2019 Newsletter

Danforth Jr. High Newsletter
Monday, March 4, 2019

Principal’s Message
While I’m sure some eyes are firmly set on the family trip next week during Spring Break, we’ve still got some work to do this week at Danforth. Part of what we need to do is to start thinking about what your child’s schedule will look like for next school year. Our counselor, Mrs. Grogan, will meet with 6th and 7th graders this week and discuss some options they have for 2019-2020. Students will bring that info home for parent signatures but none of that will actually be due until after Spring Break. They’ll make some choices about honors classes or electives but there will still be plenty of time to make adjustments if they change their mind about something. Speaking of honors classes, you’ll find information below about the decision making process for taking honors classes. Our department heads hope you’ll take a look at that and understand the requirements and the process a little bit better. Ultimately, all of this will help give us an early glimpse at the size of certain classes and help us all in the planning process.


Our current 8th graders and their parents will spend this week meeting with high school personnel. They’ll have the opportunity to create a rough outline of what their four years of high school will look like as well as make some decisions about next year’s classes over on the other side of Carney Lane.


Greg Howard, Principal


In the next few days
Tuesday, Mar. 5th – 8th grade parent meetings with those already scheduled

Wednesday, Mar. 6th – 8th grade parent meetings with those already scheduled

– PTO meeting at 3:30 pm in the library

Thursday, Mar. 7th – 8th grade parent meetings with those already scheduled

– Track Meet at Canyon Lake

Friday, Mar. 8th – Cheerleader Try-outs for 2019-2020 squad

Monday – Friday, Mar. 11th – 15th – Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 18th – Classes Resume


More detailed info about other Danforth activities

From Elizabeth Edelen – Danforth History Teacher / Trip Coordinator

**Attention 7th Grade Parents!**

Want to hear that your child is excited about history and culture? How about them taking part in a once in a lifetime learning experience? Next year, I will be taking a group of 8th graders (this year’s 7th graders) to Washington, D.C. and New York City to explore many of our nation's most important historical sites. If this sounds even remotely like something they would be interested in, please attend a no commitment, informational meeting here at Danforth on Tuesday, March 5th (that’s tomorrow) at 5:30pm in room 001 (in the corner of the cafeteria). At this brief meeting I will share trip highlights and the next steps. Parents can join in the fun and travel with us, too! See you there!


From Lauren Huse – High School Tennis Coach
Jr. High Tennis was scheduled to begin on Monday afternoon, March 4th but the weather on Monday has pushed the start date to Tuesday, March 5th. If your child is interested in playing JH tennis (7th and 8th grade) just show up at the tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. Practice will last till 4:30.


From Chelle Stevenson – PTO President
PTO meeting at 3:30 pm in the library


From English, Math, Science and History Department Heads
All honors classes require good attendance, positive behavior, & the eagerness to learn.

Students have the option of selecting Honors courses if the following criteria for the desired class is
met:


Read this section if you currently have a 6th grader.
Honors English
 Student must have a 90 or greater final average in a regular English class AND have turned in
all Book Reports by the assigned due dates.
Honors Math
 Students must have an average of 90 or greater in a 6th grade math course to go into honors
7th grade math (7th grade honors math covers all of 7th & 8th grade Math so it is an
accelerated course).
Honors Science
 Student must have a 90 or greater final average in a regular Science class.
Honors Social Studies
 Student must have a 90 or greater final average in World Cultures.


Read this section if you currently have a 7th grader.
Honors English
 Students must have an 88 or greater final average in 7th grade Honors OR a 90 or greater
final average in a regular English class, AND have turned in all Book Reports by the assigned
due dates.
Honors Math
 Student must have an average of 85 or greater in an honors 7th grade math course to go into
Algebra 1 Pre-Ap. (Algebra 1 Pre-Ap is a high school course that will count toward their high
school GPA as well as go on their high school transcript).
Honors Science
 Student must have a 90 or greater final average in a regular Science class OR an 88 or
greater final average in 7th grade Honors Science. To be successful in 8th grade honors
science, students need to be: self motivated, good with time management, & willing to work on
long term projects outside of class. 8th grade Honors science is writing intensive.
Honors Social Studies
 Student must have an 88 or greater final average in 7th grade Honors Texas History OR a 90
or greater final average in a regular Texas History class. To be successful in 8th grade honors
US History, students need to be: self motivated, good with time management, & willing to read
selections and write insightful assignments outside of class time.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s current teacher in that subject area or our
counselor, Mrs. Grogan.

Thank you


From FCA Sponsors Mrs. Merkin, Mrs. Mauk, Coach Mauk, Coach Bone, Coach Carter and Coach Kersten
FCA ~ Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Come and join us each Friday morning at 7:20 in the gym for games, speakers, group discussions, and
DONUTS! Everyone is welcome, all grades.
We hope to see you there!!